Shero. Edith Windsor died today in Manhattan. 88. She was the lead plaintiff of the Supreme Court case – United States v. Windsor – which took the guts out of DOMA. From my friends Marsha Shapiro and Louise Walpin, plaintiffs in the New Jersey marriage equality case, and now married:
“We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Edith Windsor today. Though Louise and I have been dubbed, “The Faces Of Marriage Equality In NJ,” we can only aspire to become the courageous, influential and incredibly powerful woman Edith Windsor proved herself to be. Surely, she will go down in this country’s history as one of the most inspirational, “Sheroes,” of the century. We are truly in awe of, and proud to be a part of, honoring her life. May her memory forever be a blessing.”
Windsor was important to a great number of people I know and care about, both in her city, in New Jersey, and wherever LGBT people and others fight for their rights to be recognized. May women as strong and sure as she follow in her footsteps – by the hundreds and thousands. New York Times obit.